“This is something I've only seen in South America, Europe – never expected something like this in Atlanta. This is soccer in America right now...”
Those words from Copa90 host Aaron West amid a loud, smoky march to the match in downtown ATL encapsulate the surprise and joy that Atlanta United’s diverse throngs of passionate supporters can provoke on delirious gamedays at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
ATLUTD’s much-hyped entry into Major League Soccer has turned heads around the world, and one of the most striking aspects of the new team has been the broad support they’ve gained from all sectors of a city that is a cultural mecca for African-Americans. And that's just one part of the sport's blossoming presence in the ATL, from pickup games to fashion to tailgates and beyond.
Copa90 took a trip through the quiet revolution unfolding in the capital of the South, and it’s must-see viewing for any soccer fan in North America.